Framework

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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring

45th New York Film Festival
New York City, September 28-October 14, 2007The 45th New York Film Festival had a strong selection from illustrious directors: Sidney Lumet, Béla Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Catherine Breillat, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, Brian De Palma, Hou Hsiao-hsien,...
Absence as Presence, Presence as Parapraxis: On Some Problems of Representing "Jews" in the New German Cinema1
Absence as PresenceAnyone looking for traces of the Holocaust in postwar West German films of the 1950s and 1960s, is likely to be disappointed: such, at any rate, is the common assumption.2 But the same seems no less true of the so-called "New German...
A Full Integration with Film History: A Tribute to Ingmar Bergman
Born: July 14, 1918, Uppsala, Uppsala län, SwedenDied: July 30, 2007, Fårö, Gotlands län, SwedenIngmar Bergman was not only Sweden's but also one of the world's most important filmmakers of the twentieth century. He was an artist with extraordinary breadth,...
Antonioni and the Place of Modernity: A Tribute
Born: September 29, 1912, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, ItalyDied: July 30, 2007, Rome, ItalyMichelangelo Antonioni's death marks the loss of perhaps the last great living embodiment of the heritage of Italian neorealist filmmaking, and of what came after....
Art for Man's Sake: A Tribute to Ousmane Sembène
Born: January 1, 1923, Ziguenchor, Casamance, SenegalDied: June 9, 2007, Dakar, SenegalOusmane Sembène was known among film critics as "the father of African cinema" and, among African filmmakers, as "l'AÎné des anciens" (the oldest of the elders). He...
Chronic Trauma, the Sound of Terror, and Current Israeli Cinema
Since the outbreak of the first Intifada in 1987, and especially during the height of the second Intifada (2002-04), Israeli society experienced chronic trauma. This stemmed from a long series of terrorist attacks perpetrated by Palestinian suicide bombers...
Editorial
How can we think about art at a time like this? A friend wore this as a pin to a MoMA opening, and I've always found it funny and realistic. Art never leaves the active world, thankfully. It's at its core. This past summer, 2007, filmmakers Michelangelo...
Family Secrets: Alan Berliner's Nobody's Business and the (American) Jewish Autobiographical Film
In loving memory: Max H. Renov (1921-2005)Jews have always cared about family. Think of the pages of Torah devoted to the recitation of ancestral names. Numbers (or in Hebrew, Shmot, names), the second of the Five Books of Moses, begins with the listing...
History's Broken Wings: "Narrative Paralysis" as Resistance to History in Amos Gitai's Film Kedma
Amos Gitai's deconstruction of the Zionist historical narrative in his film Kedma (IL/FR, 2004) generates a narrative paralysis-by displacing events, disconnecting them from both their real referents and from their normal temporal sequence. This paralysis...
Morphing Realities: The Current Status of the Real in Film and Television
IntroductionThe long-held presumption that films react by fidelity, to abstraction or manipulation of an existent pre-filmic reality came under attack with the advent of the postmodern episteme. Postmodernists suggested that "reality," if existent at...
Phantasmatic Losses: National Traumas, Masculinity, and Primal Scenes in Israeli Cinema-Walk on Water
None of us ever knows the world of our parents. We can say that the motor of the fictional imagination is fueled in great part by the desire to know the world as it looked and felt before our birth. How much more ambivalent is this curiosity for children...
Self-Despotism: Reality Television and the New Subject of Politics
Hence, too, democracy's specific aporia: it wants to put the freedom and happiness of men into play in the very place-"bare life"-that marked their subjection.1Best exemplified worldwide by Big Brother 2 or Survivor,3 reality television has attracted...
The Language of Real Life: Interview with Ousmane Sembène
This interview is reprinted from Framework 36, 1989Kwate Nee Owoo: How are you able to reproduce the language of real life working with non-professional actors?Ousmane Sembène: If you are working with actors who are not professionals, and you are trying...
The Postcolonial Function of Television's Virtual Space in '90S Israeli Cinema
The reflexive mode of our postmodern era has demonstrated that a combination of the media in films can sometimes be critical in turning a seemingly innocent text into a subversive one. This essay examines the postcolonial role of television in Israeli...
The Three Sam Spades: The Shifting Model of American Masculinity in the Three Films of the Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel The Maltese Falcon-starring the quintessential hard-boiled private detective, Sam Spade-was adapted for the screen not once, but three times: The Maltese Falcon (also known as Dangerous Female) directed by Roy Del Ruth (US,...
The Young, the Damned, and the Restless: Youth in Contemporary Mexican Cinema1
Over the past decade a growing field of research in the United States has focused on youth, film, and youth cultures. These studies have been driven by many factors, including increased awareness of young adults as an important niche market2 and debates...
Women at the Movies
Women at the Movies Irina Leimbacher Red Velvet Seat Women's Writing on the First Fifty Years of Cinema ed. Antonia Lant with Ingrid Periz, Verso, 2006.Women joined mass culture because of and through the institution of cinema, according to Red Velvet...